Legend of the Sacred Stones
|“||In an age long past... Evil flooded over the land. Creatures awash in the dark tide ran wild, pushing mankind to the brink of annihilation. In its despair, mankind appealed to the heavens, and from a blinding light came hope.||”|
— The Sacred Stones prologue narration
The Legend of the Sacred Stones (Japanese: 聖石の伝説 Legend of the Sacred Stones) is a legend from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones that recounts and summarizes the first war against the Demon King, Fomortiis.
Modern retellings of the story feature humanity crying out to the divine for the power to banish the monster hordes. From the heavens descended the five Sacred Stones. With the Sacred Stones the heroes Grado, Latona, and three others whose names are not specified, drove back the monsters and Fomortiis to Darkling Woods, in Darkling Woods, after a battle that resulted in a "mountain of corpses" the Demon King is killed and his body is interred in the Black Temple within Darkling Woods. Fomortiis' spirit is also sealed within Grado's Sacred Stone.
The Dragonkin's involvement
What is left out in the modern retellings is the involvement of the Manakete tribe and its leader Morva. Morva fought alongside the hero Grado to drive back the monsters. According to some, humanity's victory would have been impossible without the involvement of the dragonkin. The title "Great Dragon" is given to both Morva and Myrrh, while Myrrh is called the Great Dragon, it seems this title is somewhat erronious, as Myrrh claims to have not done anything, unlike her father, she was also likley too young to have fought in the first war with the Demon King.
After the defeat of the Demon King, the heroes of the Sacred Stones passed their artifacts through generations. The countries Grado, Rausten, Renais, Jehanna, and Frelia were founded around the possessors of their respective stones. In particular, Grado was named after its original Sacred Stone wielder Grado.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Legend of the Sacred Stones|
|Japanese||聖石の伝説||Legend of the Sacred Stones|
- "According to legend. the original possessors of the Sacred Stones defeated the Demon King in Darkling Woods." — Chapter Narration from Chapter 20, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Our ancestors paid dearly for their victory. A mountain of corpses…It’s written the Demon King was surrounded by the dead before he finally fell." — L'Arachel telling of the final fight with Fomortiis, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Uh-huh… I get to see Father again. I'm so happy. My foster father leads the dragon tribe. In the last great war... both of my true parents were killed." — Myrrh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "No, no, that's not right at all. Ah, how quickly did mankind forget its debt to the Great Dragon. To hear the story now, one would think humans alone brought about victory. That is a gross mistelling of the tale. Only through the Great Dragon’s strength could the Demon King be sealed away!" — Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "But if you’ve seen the noble Myrrh, perhaps I can proceed more quickly. You see, our Great Dragon took the form of Mistress Myrrh in her travels. And you tell me that you have seen the Great Dragon yourself, lass?" — Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Great Dragon? Please, there's no need to call me that. My father is the great one. I’ve done nothing." — Myrrh to Saleh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "And I am… 1,200 years old. Roughly." — Myrrh to Dozla, this would make her age during the first war with the Demon King approximately 400, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "The Sacred Stones have been passed from generation to generation. Nations have been built around their power and their legacy." — Prologue narration, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones